Monday, January 13, 2014
I am still in my maintenance range (top end). For this round, I am looking to get to the bottom of that range (135) or perhaps even a couple of pounds lower: cushion pounds for an upcoming trip. Just as importantly, I'd like to tighten and tone. I continue to work on managing stress (always seeking balance) and improving nutrition. So.... To help me achieve these goals, I have come up with the following action plan:
Restart my C25K program - aiming for two runs a week.
Include two strength training sessions a week.
Make three dinners a week vegetarian.
Include one yoga or meditation session a week.
Drink eight glasses of water a day.
Get at least thirty minutes of exercise each day.
Do at least ten minutes of organizing a day.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
BLC22 was successful for me: seeing me reach my goal weight of 140. This round, I would like to maintain. 140 would be at the high end of my range, and 135 at the low end. I guess that 137/138 would be ideal.
In addition to maintaining my weight, I would also like to continue to add muscle tone. I'd like more definition in my upper body, and a little more in my lower. So, more strength training for me. I am dealing with a shoulder injury that I hope to begin to resolve this round. The plan is to visit the doctor to look at alternatives. I could also work with an excellent personal trainer I have used in the past. I'll maintain my cardio, as it is both a calorie burner and a stress reducer/energizer. I'll continue to get up early each morning to ensure that I fit my exercise in.
Last round, I set a goal of tracking my food at least four days a week. I actually tracked consistently for five. Even though I am looking at maintaining, I think I should continue with this approach.
I still need to work on getting enough water each day. I'm aiming for 9 glasses, or three of the large cup I carry around all day.
I'd like to get back to paper and pen journaling as a healthy way to deal with stress.
I'd like to explore a new hobby. I'm thinking learning a language.
I'd like to spend a few minutes each day de-cluttering. An organized house would add to my peace.
Monday, July 08, 2013
I felt the need to update my progress with BLC 22 so far. I am doing well - meeting my exercise and tracking goals and losing weight at the pace I hoped to (roughly a pound a week). At this rate, I will achieve my goal by the end of the challenge, and it is my long term goal - not a step on the way. I will be ready to go back to maintenance. Sweet! Right?
Here's were the bitter comes in. As I opened my blog to post this, I saw my introduction: "Maintaining". For over two years I maintained my goal weight. Actually, I was, at one point, quite a bit under goal: 133 pounds. (I've decided that, that was a little too low for me.) I thought that I had finally ended the yo-yo cycle. Somehow, I let the weight creep back on until I found myself with 10-15 pounds to lose... again.
Still, I will give myself some credit for not letting it get to the 25-30 pounds of the past. I will give myself credit for the weight I have lost since joining BLC22 (about 5 pounds). I will recommit to learning to maintain my goal weight once I again achieve it.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
As part of this challenge, I have set a more realistic goal weight for myself - both to reach and maintain (140 rather than 135). To achieve this weight by the end of the challenge, I will have to lose roughly one pound a week, which is realistic. I plan to achieve this goal by continuing to exercise regularly. My weekly goal is 345 minutes. I also need to begin to track my food. I am asking myself to track and stay within range at least 4 days a week. This will be a big improvement over my present 0 days a week, and does not feel as intimidating as all seven days.
Saturday, April 06, 2013
My body has been letting me know for quite some time now that it is not happy with me. Well.... It mostly seems to be my digestive system, but other parts of my body have begun to join in. I have been getting lots of exercise, but have been over-indulging with consumption, and not always (or even often, lately) making good choices. What began as a stomach "ache" and some indigestion (a quiet reminder from my body) has become "pain". My body is now screaming at me to take better care of myself.
I watched "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" last night, and I was motivated to give my body the support it needs. I am fortunate to own a Vitamix, so rather than juicing (what happened on the documentary), I immediately thought of healthy smoothies. I like keeping all the fibre from the fruits and veggies, and I'll drink lots of water to keep things moving.
A little searching brought me to a 3 Day "Body Booster Smoothie Plan" from Dr. Oz. Actually, he calls it a "Detox Cleanse". This has caused all kinds of debate on a Spark group I visited as part of my search. I am not using this as a cleanse. I am not using it to lose a lot of weight (water or not) in a short period of time. I am using it as a way to focus on nourishing my body. To, hopefully, feel better. I know enough about nutrition to see that the smoothie recipes have a good balance of the things my body needs. They also have a healthy calorie range. They should be easy to absorb in smoothie form. I am just too lazy to come up with my own recipes.
I know that some people have complained about the cost of ingredients, but they are all natural foods and I have almost all of them already in my house. In fact, I was able to make the breakfast smoothie this morning shortly after finding the plan. It was delicious! Much more dessert like than my usual breakfast smoothie. A keeper. The lunch time smoothie is a little "greener" and people have found it to be the most challenging, but when I make my smoothies they are usually very green (my husband refuses to try them), so I think I'll be fine.
It's only three days. I'll let you know how it goes.
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